OREGON — Macy Hanus admitted that her championship round of golf at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club on Monday was not her best.
The Bowling Green senior, who missed much of last season due to injury after winning the Northern Lakes League’s highest honor in each of her first two seasons, did not need her best.
Hanus topped the second lowest score by six strokes, finished with a 75 and earned medalist honors in leading the Bobcats to their first ever NLL title.
“I did not play well today, so it was definitely just nice being able to come in and have the team win,” Hanus said.
“It’s an honor to have her on the team and I’m thrilled to have somebody like that,” BG head coach Paige Bulkeley said of Hanus. “She’s my right-hand lady and they look up to her. She’s been instrumental.”
Hanus, and a group of three other seniors, helped lead BG to a perfect 10-0 run through the NLL season schedule to enter Monday’s tournament as the league’s frontrunner.
However, a less-than-stellar day by Hanus’ standards and unexpected consistency from Perrysburg’s lineup propelled the Yellow Jackets to a win at Eagle’s Landing on Monday.
Perrysburg finished with just 346 team strokes, slightly outperforming the 349 strokes that the Bobcats carded.
But BG, earning 20 points for its 10 regular-season wins, added 15 points for a second-place finish at the championship to earn 35 points for the season. Perrysburg, which had eight wins, added those 16 points to its 18 for winning the championship match, falling just short at 34 season points.
“It’s really special because I’ve watched Northview win it my freshman and sophomore year and then Perrysburg win it last year,” Hanus added. “And I knew we had a good team the past couple of years, and I knew that this year would be our chance to win.
“We almost came short but luckily we got it done.”
BG’s Brennin Gray-DuVall joined Hanus on the first team, carding the third lowest score with an 82. Joci Prater was 10th with a 94 and Kelly Miller was 13th with a 98.
“It came down to the points and we went undefeated, so we had that on our side. It worked out and we squeaked it out,” Bulkeley said. “We’ve been second for three years now, so it’s been kind of frustrating. We had four seniors this year and they put it together and they got their scores down. I’m really happy for them to go out with this win.”
Perrysburg’s Ella Sams, a first-team pick, had 81 strokes for the second best score on the day. Teammate Anabel Rossi also made the first team with a 90 on Monday. But it was the scores from Hannah Craig (87) and Kaylee Alarcon (88) — the Yellow Jackets’ third and fourth golfers — that helped them to a tournament title.
BG and Perrysburg were the only two schools to card four sub-100 scores.
Southview, fourth on Monday, finished third overall followed by Anthony Wayne, Northview and Springfield.
Perrysburg’s boys had the same fortune as its girls team on Monday.
The Yellow Jackets won the NLL championship at Eagle’s Landing with a tournament-low 295 team strokes. Perrysburg edged second-place Northview (301), but the Wildcats — who narrowly beat Perrysburg in the regular season — won the NLL crown with 35 season points to the Yellow Jackets’ 34. Northview has won the overall NLL title for three consecutive seasons and five of the last six.
Perrysburg’s Nick Mondora fired a tournament-low 68 to earn medalist honors.
“We were all kind of on different pages throughout the entire season, so it was good. It all kind of happened on the same day to win the tournament,” Mondora said.
Anthony Wayne, which gave Perrysburg its other season loss, finished third with 313 strokes and ended third overall. Bowling Green (330) was fourth on Monday followed by Southview (335), Napoleon (354), Springfield (386) and Maumee (402).
Perrysburg’s Mason Deal, only a sophomore, tied for second place with a 74 and won the NLL Player of the Year. Teammate Luke Gordon, who shot a 75, joined Deal on the NLL first team.
“It really started off with trying to beat my teammates, even though I’m rooting for them, too,” Deal said of winning the award. “They’re really good competition for me, so that helped me a lot.
“Yeah I really wanted to get it, but I knew Luke and I, and Nick were going to be really close on the same team with that award.”
Drew Paule, carding 78 strokes, also scored for the tournament-champion Yellow Jackets.
Bowling Green’s boys were led by Zach Thomas, who carded a team-low 79 to earn a spot on the NLL second team.
Kolin Atwood led the rest of the Bobcats with 81 strokes, followed by Thomas Kampf (84) and Jacob Nalepka (86). Ryan Schonter (87) and Zach Furnas (89) were also not far behind.